Florida Pot Monopoly Compared to a ‘Cartel’
Medical marijuana in the state of Florida is a real-life game of Monopoly, but one where a few players already have all the properties in hand before the first die is thrown.
While other states where cannabis is legal allow for competition among those who produce and sell medical marijuana—a lucrative position to be in, we’re told time and again—Florida allows a mere seven companies to hold the exclusive rights to produce and sell all the cannabis in the state. That’s a corner of the market that will serve a population of 21 million people (many of them senior citizens, one of the very market segments the cannabis industry is expecting to expand dramatically)—and they’re in this position, holding all the railroads as well as all the key properties from Baltic to Boardwalk, thanks to state government.
The Miami New Times is bringing attention to this “de-facto monopoly”—which is also attracting international attention from ambitious would-be international cannabis conglomerates.
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Arizona: Ban on MMJ on College Campuses Struck Down (For Now)
Legal cannabis is also legal at Arizona schools—in the dormitories and on the college green.
An Arizona high court has struck down a ban on medical marijuana at the state’s college and university campuses. Following state voters’ approval of medical cannabis in 2010, state lawmakers passed a law making it a crime for approved cannabis patients to bring their marijuana into various places—among them school buses, prisons, and state-funded institutions of higher learning.
Doing so, as The Arizona Daily Sun reports, turns medical marijuana users into criminals—and doing that violates the will of the voters who approved medical marijuana in the first place, an appeals court judge ruled.
State lawmakers can only modify the 2010 cannabis initiative so long as it “furthers the purpose” of the law. And, as Judge Peter Swann wrote, banning marijuana on campus outright “eliminates some of its protections,” the newspaper reported.
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